Yesterday I was given some powerful advice that I wanted to share. Sometimes I have the tendency to want to listen to everyone. I want to get their feedback. Although this practice, often, causes me conflict and I feel overwhelmed by all of the opinions expressed.
My goal is to hear everyone out. Get their buy in to what I am doing. The problem with this is that people aren't always interested in the good or the best, they are interested in themselves. Clearing through that clutter can be difficult.
The advice: create a strategy, implement the strategy - doing good work, shut your ears to all the babble
Yep. Stop listening to one more critique, idea, thought, improvement, etc. of the work that you have developed, planned and are accomplishing. Instead, create a mechanism for them to give you feedback where you can assess it in your own quiet way.
Seriously, do we need to check in on every single thing we are doing? Can't we just do good work and leave it at that? The constant need to reach out is beginning to seem more like trying to get approval. That old people pleasing instinct that we all have so deeply rooted within us.
Now, I'm not saying don't collaborate, don't get input in the development stage or even feedback at the end. I am just saying that maybe we can shut our ears to the constant critique by people NOT doing the work while we are busting our butts.
This is advice I am trying. Care to join me?